Category: 2003

Bond no 9 Chez Bond, 2003

(image LifestyleHunters.com) Perfumer not identified. How does the expression go? First impressions are lasting impressions? Something like that. In 2003 Bond’s launch strategy included a few easy, recognizable perfumes. Perfumes Bond gambled on tapping into a built-in audience appeal. Previously, the niche perfume tactic was to launch with one or two perfumes and build a line over time, but Bond…

S-Perfume 100% Love, 2003

(image source unknown) Perfumer Sophia Grojsman Dark chocolate & berry vomit. No hyperbole, no sneering. I’m an RN and smell a lot of vomit. This smells like dark chocolate, a couple of blueberries and gastric secretions. Is this meant to be experimental/supercilious as in Secretions Magnifiques? It’s part of the S-Perfume condom-covered line. Is it meant to refer to some…

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche pour Homme, 2003

(image source unknown) Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Rive Gauche pour Homme is a thick, heavy aromatic fougère.  The aromatic notes are in the cast, but aren’t key players.  They are the Greek chorus to the lavender/coumarin drama at the center of a fougère.  Clove focuses our attention on the coumarin, and rosemary and geranium steer us to the lavender. Because the…

Serge Lutens un Bois Vanille, 2003

(Image from Robert Franks’s Cocksucker Blues.) Mick and Keith. Serge and Chris. Vanilla is a key component to both the contemporary dessert/gourmand and the classic amber oriental. Vanilla is almost inescapable in perfumery, but it’s usually found in the familiar company of labdanum, balsams, resins, spices or ethylmaltol in the above genres. It takes effort to dissociate it from the…

Amouage Ciel Man, 2003

Perfumer not cited. I once called out Gucci Envy for its use of a “sour” floral accord. I don’t think I was wrong about Envy, but Ciel pour Homme has made me reconsider the possibility of a viable sour perfume. It starts with a particularly acrid orange blossom note on top of incense and sandlewood, then moves in the most remarkable, smooth fashion to a spectacular…

Bond no 9 Park Avenue, 2003

Perfumer Laurent le Guernec The particular herbal/floral pose that Park Avenue strikes distinguishes it from other floral perfumes.  It doesn’t have a dark side as many of the classic florals do.  It also has a dryness that sets if well apart from the general contemporary trend of sweetened and thickened floral perfumes.  Chamomile is most often referred to as an…